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Announcing

On April 28, 2006, the inaugural lecture for New York Theological Seminary's recently launched Center for World Christianity, entitled "World Christianity and Christian Mission: Are They Compatible? Insights from the Asian Churches," was presented by Peter C. Phan of Georgetown University. Dale T. Irvin, professor of world Christianity, is acting president of NYTS. For details on the center, visit www.nyts.edu.

The third annual Symposium on the theme Social Scientific Study of Religion in China will be held July 15-17,2006, at Renmin University of China, Beijing. A prospectus for the Symposium can be found at www.cla.purdue.edu/sociology/ religion/index.htm.

"In Search of Common Identity: Peace and Reconciliation in the Korean Peninsula and Other Contexts" is the theme for the International Conference on Peace and Reconciliation, August 15-18,2006, at York St. John University College, York, England. For details, contact Sebastian Kim, s.kim@yorksj.ac.uk.

The Association Francophone Oecuménique de Missiologie (AFOM) will host the Third European Missiology Conference in Paris, August 24-28, 2006, with the theme "Europe After the Enlightenment: Daring to Practice Mission in a Europe Still Trying to Construct Itself." Cosponsors include the British and Irish Association for Mission Studies, the Central and Eastern European Association for Mission Studies, the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Missionswissenschaft, and the Nordic Institute of Mission and Ecumenical Research. Further information is available at www.missionstudies.org/ 3e_Conference_%202006.htm.

The annual meeting of the Evangelical Missiological Society (EMS), held in conjunction with the Interdenominational Foreign Mission Association (IFMA), will focus on the theme "Missions in the Context of Violence," September 2830,2006, in Orlando, Florida. Visit www.missiology.org/ems for details.

Sophia University, Tokyo, will hold a conference on the theme "Integration and Division Between Universalism and Localism in the Jesuit Mission Reports and Histories, Sixteenth to Eighteenth Century" and a symposium addressing the topic "The Process of Cultural Hybridization in History," December 9-10,2006, as part of the university's Xavier Jubilee Project. Contact Shinzo Kawamura, S.J., shinzo-k@hoffman.cc. sophia.ac.jp, for details.

Personalia

The Foundation for Theological Education in South East Asia has appointed Henry S. Wilson as executive directorelect. Wilson has served as director of the Board of Theological Education of the Senate of Serampore College, Serampore, India; executive secretary of the theology department of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, Geneva; director of the Center for Global Theologies at Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa; and director of the Multicultural Mission Resource Center at Lutheran Theological Seminary, Philadelphia. Wilson, who will be based in India, succeeds Marvin D. Hoff, who retires at the end of December.

Philomena M waura, senior lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya, has been elected president of the International Association for Mission Studies. A Roman Catholic, Mwaura also teaches at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa and the Jesuit School of Theology. Darrell Whiteman of The Mission Society-A World Wesleyan Partnership was the former IAMS president.

Lalsangkima Pachuau has been appointed associate professor of history and theology of mission by Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky, effective July 1,2006. …